Taking pictures is easy however taking pictures that capture a moment and evoke emotion is an art. The passion some photographers have for their craft make them true artists. Even though art cannot be rated, there are always favorites among the public. Let’s take a look at the top ten photographers around the world.
10. Nick Brandt
Nick Brandt is an English photographer born in 1966. He works mostly in Africa taking wildlife photos. Before turning to photography, Brandt was a film director. To evoke the feelings of his subjects, he likes black and white photography. Brandt does not believe in telephoto lenses and instead prefers to get as close to his subject as possible. His images have been described as haunting and powerful.
9. Lee Jeffries
Lee Jeffries is a portrait photographer from America. He is an accountant who has become one of the most popular self-taught photographers worldwide. Jeffries is famous for his black and white photos of homeless people. The images are his way to make people aware of the less fortunate. Jeffries uses photography to portray his compassion to the world.
8. Timothy Allen
An English photographer born in 1971, Allen photographs mostly indigenous people and their secluded communities. Allen said he takes pictures to better understand himself and his relationship to others. With this philosophy, it’s no wonder he has won multiple awards.
7. Lynsey Addario
An American photojournalist born in 1974, Addario focuses on women in traditional societies and human rights issues. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, TIME, and National Geographic. Addario tells the real story through her images making them raw and sometimes tough on the eye. She tries to create a contrast between the real and imaginary world.
6. Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry is an American editorial photographer born in 1950. The recipient of many awards, McCurry looks for the souls of his subjects when shooting. His most famous photo is of an Afghan girl and was names the most recognizable photo by National Geographic.
5. Marco Grob
Originally a still-life photographer, Marco Grob changed his path after 20 years to become a portrait photographer. Born in Sweden but currently living in New York, Grob has done photo shoots with many famous people, including Julianne Moore, President Clinton, Joe Cocker, and George Clooney. Instead of taking posed pictures, he is known for capturing a person’s true essence. Grob has won several awards and is featured in magazines such as Vogue, Esquire, New York Times Magazine, and TIME.
4. Mario Testino
Born in 1954 in Lima, Peru, Mario is a portrait photographer most known and celebrated for fashion. He took photos of Madonna for Versace and Princess Diana for Vanity Fair. After a fabulous photo shoot on Princess Diana, he has been employed with the British royal family ever since. Mario has done countless exhibitions and takes beautiful pictures that sell clothes.
Born in France in 1979, Rehahn is one of the best portrait photographers in the world. His pieces are soul catching partly because he seeks meaning in every photo he takes. Rehahn’s work has been published in magazines, such as National Geographic.
2. Solve Sundsbo
A Norwegian photographer born in London, Sundsbo is considered a fashion world institution. He uses x-rays and 3-D scanners to make ordinary photos extraordinary. Sundsbo works with fashion designers such as Yves St. Laurent, Gucci and Armani.
1. GMB Akash
GMB Akash, a documentary photographer, was born in Bangladesh in 1977. His photos bring a voice to the voiceless of the world. Akash has received over 80 international awards and has been featured in over 90 international publications. Through his work as a photographer, Akash uses his money to provide an education for street children, children of sex workers, and child laborers.
There are millions of talented photographers in the world. Whether they are portrait, landscape, wildlife or documentary photographers, they all have a passion for the art they create through photo images. There are many photographers in the world, but this list takes a closer look at ten of the truly exceptional photographers worldwide.